Indigenous Bachelor of Social Work (IBSW)

The IBSW is a speciality degree that applies Indigenous knowledge and pedagogies to social work practice.

Program Details

As a member of the First Nations Adult and Higher Education Consortium (FNAHEC), Yellowhead Tribal College delivers an Indigenous Bachelor of Social Work degree that applies Indigenous knowledge and pedagogies to social work practice. Graduates of this program qualify for employment in all areas of social work provincially, nationally, and internationally. 

This program is accredited through the National Indigenous Accreditation Board (NIAB) and affirmed through an agreement with the Canadian Association for Social Work Education signed on October 25, 2019. 

Mode of Delivery

The YTC IBSW program is a full-time program delivered through the learning circle model. Courses are delivered Friday evenings from 5 pm - 9 pm and all day Saturdays from 8 am - 5 pm. This mode of delivery allows both employed and full-time funded students to complete the program within two years (20 months).

Admission requirements

All applicants must: 

  • Possess an accredited diploma in Social Work; a diploma in Indigenous Social Work is preferred. Applicants with a non-Indigenous Social Work Diploma must have a strong Indigenous foundation in their practice, or other non-social work courses or degrees. 

  • See details below to complete two applications required for this program:

 1. Complete the YTC application to generate you a student profile in our system.

2. The Department Head Shawn Meier needs your complete IBSW application package.



    • Program Admission Deadlines
    • Because the Indigenous Bachelor of Social Work is cohort-based, we admit a group of students only once every two years. 

    • The next intake is for Fall 2023

    • Deadline to apply: June 30, 2023

    Frequently Asked Questions

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